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Zippo Lighters - Zippo was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 by George G. Blaisdell. He was born on June 5, 1895, in Bradford. On the surface of it, young George Blaisdell hardly seemed like someone who would find success in the brutal years of the Depression. He had very little formal education. He hated school; walked out of fifth grade and told his family he wasn’t going back.

His father bundled him off to a military academy, but young George Blaisdell lasted only two years there before he was summarily dismissed. His father put him to work in the family business – the Blaisdell Machinery Company – where he learned metal work, a skill that would come in handy in the germination stages of the Zippo lighter nearly thirty years later.

After World War I, he took over the family business, then sold the machinery company in 1920 and put the money in oil. The 20s roared – then stopped. Oil plunged – along with just about everything else – into the Great Depression. In Bradford, PA, where years of oil-boom business seemed invulnerable, the effects of the Depression were deeply felt.

Sarah Dorn provides this account of her father in the early days of Zippo: “My father hated the oil business. He wasn’t particularly good at it; in fact, he was a man for whom the boom was bust. He didn’t have the temperament for it. The one thing he did know in the early ‘30s was that he needed to do something, because those days were tough. There wasn’t a lot of money lying about then, but he went to everybody to get the money to launch Zippo Manufacturing Company. Nobody had any faith in it. It seemed like a foolish, harebrained idea. And it was. Imagine: manufacturing and marketing a lighter for $1.95 when that amount of money fed a family. What kept him going? I think whatever it was, it was tinged with desperation. He had to make this work. For him and his family, as they say now, there was no Plan B.”

This year marked the 75th anniversary of an American icon. In 1932, George G. Blaisdell developed the Zippo lighter in a garage in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Now, nearly 450 million lighters later, Zippo lighters are still made in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Discover fascinating facts and diverse details about the lighter that has become The Name in Flame.

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Zippo Armor Ebony, Bright-Cut Engraving
Zippo Armor Ebony, Bright-Cut Engraving
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Zippo Armor High Polish Chrome, Engine Turn Pebble
Zippo Armor High Polish Chrome, Engine Turn Pebble
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Zippo 1935 Brushed Chrome, Windy, 2013 Collectible of the Year,
Zippo 1935 Brushed Chrome, Windy, 2013 Collectible of the Year,
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Zippo Armor Engine Turn 1, Brass, Vertical Gold Striped Pattern
Zippo Armor Engine Turn 1, Brass, Vertical Gold Striped Pattern
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Zippo Armor Engine Turn, Silver, Horizontal Gold Striped Pattern
Zippo Armor Engine Turn, Silver, Horizontal Gold Striped Pattern
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Zippo High Chrome Polish, BLU2 w/Design
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Expected: 2014-11-06
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Zippo Armor High Polish Chrome, Bolted Zippo
Zippo Armor High Polish Chrome, Bolted Zippo
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Zippo Brushed Brass, Gold Floral Flush
Zippo Brushed Brass, Gold Floral Flush
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Zippo High Polish Chrome, Bling Dollar Sign Emblem
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Bling Dollar Sign Emblem
Price: $35.07
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Zippo Armor High Polished Chrome, Silver, Carved Chrome Diamond
Zippo Armor High Polished Chrome, Silver, Carved Chrome Diamond
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Zippo Armor Tumbled Brass, Deep Carved Swirl Pattern
Zippo Armor Tumbled Brass, Deep Carved Swirl Pattern
Price: $32.37
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Zippo Slim Armor High Polish Chrome, Deep Carved Design
Zippo Slim Armor High Polish Chrome, Deep Carved Design
Price: $31.02
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Zippo High Polish Brass, Jack Daniels Emblem
Zippo High Polish Brass, Jack Daniels Emblem
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Zippo Black Matte, VIP, Laser Engraved
Zippo Black Matte, VIP, Laser Engraved
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Zippo Brushed Brass, Where Eagles Dare Emblem
Zippo Brushed Brass, Where Eagles Dare Emblem
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Zippo High Polish Chrome, Jim Beam Full Face Emblem
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Jim Beam Full Face Emblem
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Zippo High Polish Chrome, Jack Daniels Emblem
Zippo High Polish Chrome, Jack Daniels Emblem
Price: $26.97
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Zippo Crown Stamp, High Pol. Chrome, Multi-Dimen Highlights
Zippo Crown Stamp, High Pol. Chrome, Multi-Dimen Highlights
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Zippo Vintage High Chrome Polish, Goodrich Silvertowns
Zippo Vintage High Chrome Polish, Goodrich Silvertowns
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Zippo Black Crackle, 1941 Replica Emblem
Zippo Black Crackle, 1941 Replica Emblem
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Zippo Brushed Chrome, Silver, Lynchburg Hardware General Store
Zippo Brushed Chrome, Silver, Lynchburg Hardware General Store
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